|Challenge quilt kit|
The rules included:
- use 4-6" of each of the mystery challenge fabrics
- include 5 stars, one of which had to be pieced (the others could be pieced, quilted, in the fabric, applique, etc)
- must contain at least one embellishment
- not to exceed 80" perimeter
- and we could only add 5 fabrics of our own choosing
|Pile of rejected fabrics|
I also knew I wanted to feature some magical fabrics, drawing upon inspiration from Christine Barnes' retreat and workshop. So I went to my fabric stash and pulled out a ginormous pile of fabrics that would create some pop to the mystery quilt fabrics. Problem was that there were simply too many choices and I was limited to adding only 5 fabrics, which had to include background and binding.
|Gradated blocks from ombre fabric|
And then it dawned on me that an ombre fabric, featuring a graduated range of colors could easily solve my fabric selection dilemma. I was able to cut it up every 3" and get noticeably different blocks of color to use with my fabric folded star.
|Prep work for my layered star|
I was so excited by this burst of color and how they played so nicely with the mystery fabrics that I included little snippets in each of the blocks that followed and later on in some piping along the binding...
|Ombre folded star|
I first created this layered folded star using a Moda bakeshop recipe for a Fancy Folded Star Potholder. And I had several pieced/fabric folded stars in mind but wasn't sure how to tie them together into a cohesive design layout. I fluctuated between sun and stars, star gazing, and constellations. But then I found inspiration from an invitation modern star card design. I was able to resize all my star designs to fit around the folded star and went to work creating colorful stars that were folded and could be manipulated for further interest.
|"Colorful and Creased Cosmos"|
|Skippy's review of "Colorful and Creased Cosmos"|
Unlike previous challenge quilts that I usually start the week before--this once I actually started one full month before the deadline. But like all the other challenge quilt submissions--I was putting on the final stitches and finishing details the night before! And I was completing my submission form just minutes before I had to take off for the meeting...eek!
All in all I love this finished quilt. While the top right folded star is my absolute favorite element, I love how the fabrics glow, the hidden asterisks that I quilted into the lower left corners, woven green and black center block, 3-D pinwheels and overall modern aesthetic! I can't wait to see what the other challenge participates create using the mystery fabrics. Voting will take place at our February and March meetings...and the complete collection will be on display at our April Quilt Show.